ArabAd – SPECIAL REPORT APRIL 2014

My company Firehorse is featured in ArabAd, the monthly communications and business magazine. The special report is on the production industry in the MENA region.

THE FIRST CITY ON EARTH

One year before the Second Gulf War, in 2002, I had the privilege of filming the treasures of southern Iraq.  I filmed Mudhifs, the guesthouses of the disappearing Marsh Arabs, built from reeds in the same way as their ancient Mesopotamian ancestors.  I filmed the legendary Ziggurat of Ur and the site of Babylon but …

UNRWA ARCHIVE LAUNCHED

I have the great honour and pleasure in announcing that I have been working with UNRWA to help launch their unique visual archive on the history of the Palestinian refugees since 1948. The site was launched yesterday after a great deal of hard work from teams on either side of the Atlantic. If you want …

BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

The buzz at this evening's closing ceremony at the Beirut International Film Festival was palpable. A week long celebration of film ended with an award ceremony for the best short films and best documentaries. Having watched all the films as a member of the jury it was my great honour to read out the winners. …

ORION AND ME

Looking up at the stars, from my balcony overlooking a wintry Mediterranean sea, my heart smiles to see Orion looking down on me.  The great Greek hunter, father of the biblical Nephilim, ancient Egyptian constellation of rebirth and the afterlife has been my winter companion these past twenty years.  It seems fitting that the constellation …

Interview Mouna Mounayer & Najat Rizk

http://youtu.be/3ChXE83CuMM

ODE TO PARTNERSHIP

"Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning." Bill Gates As I walked up onto the stage of the large auditorium at the Congre Istanbul Merkezi (Istanbul Congress Center), with my partner of twelve years, Najat Rizk, to collect our AllWorld Network Arabia 500 medals, I was reminded of Bill Gates' …

Cash-flow is more important than your mother…

Second Global Entrepreneur Summit Day Two 'Cash flow is more important than your mother.' quote by Professor Kenneth Morse What makes a tired, jaded and somewhat disheartened Arab woman entrepreneur sit up, take notice and regain her enthusiasm? It could be the fact that the sessions today, at the Second Global Entrepreneur Summit and AllWord …

Inflection Point

The second Global Entrepreneur Summit, Istanbul and AllWorld Arabia 500 + Turkey Day One All's changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty is born. William Butler Yeats quoted by US Vice President Joe Biden at the second Global Entrepreneurship summit in Istanbul today Saturday 3 December 2011. Woke up this morning feeling cranky. Gluttony is so …

EVER HAD A LAWRENCE OF ARABIA MOMENT?

On my very second outing as a fully fledged documentary director I was let loose on an unsuspecting Arab world. First port of call Wadi Rum. What most of you don't know is that I grew up in a house in London where the film director David Lean had lunch every Sunday.

MAD DOGS AND ENGLISH MEN…

I am neither a mad dog nor a man and only half English at that but sometimes I feel like I have tarried too long in the midday sun.  Beirut in the midday sun in July is hot, humid and divine - if you're looking from a distance. Close up the city is awash with …